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Seven Sisters Falls in Lac du Bonnet Municipality, Manitoba — Canada’s Prairie Region (North America)
 

First Airmail / James Richardson / Bush Pilots

 
 
First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2022
1. First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker
Inscription.  
First Airmail Flight in Manitoba
June 1, 1927 -Oct. 4, 1927
The first semi-official airmail in Manitoba was carried from this site to Bissett, Wadhope, and Slate Lake return by Capt. F. J. Stevenson of Western Canada Airways Limited on 1 June 1927. The first official airmail service in Canada authorized by the Canada Post Office Department (Canada Post) originated from this site on 4 October 1927 when 85 pounds of mail, including 300 letters, was carried to Bissett and Wadhope. The pilot for his inaugural flight was W. L. Brintnell of Western Canada Airways Ltd.

James A. Richardson
In memory of James A. Richardson
1885-1939
“The Father of Canadian Aviation”
Founded Western Canadian Airways Limited on 2 December 1926 and its successor company, Canadian Airways Ltd, in 1930. These airlines eventually operated from coast to coast in Canada and north to the Arctic.

In the spring of 1927, the first commercial air base in Manitoba was established at Lac du Bonnet by Western Canada Airways Limited. Because of its close proximity to Winnipeg, this site was chosen as the most suitable
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location from which to operate a commercial seaplane air service to the isolated central Manitoba mining areas.

Bush Pilots of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario
This plaque was erected in commemoration of aircraft pilots who, in the 1920s and 1930s, flew into remote and virtually uncharted areas of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario to service new mining developments. These flights led to established air routes linking isolated northern communities with the south.


 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCommunicationsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is June 1, 1927.
 
Location. 50° 15.359′ N, 96° 3.509′ W. Marker is in Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba, in Lac du Bonnet Municipality. Marker is at the intersection of Park Avenue and Third St., on the left when traveling south on Park Avenue. Marker is at the Lac du Bonnet Town Dock and Beach. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 64 Park Ave, Seven Sisters Falls MB R0E 1A0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lac Du Bonnet Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); St Mary’s Polish Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Lac du Bonnet Cemetery War Memorial and Honour Rolls (approx.
First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2022
2. First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker
one kilometer away); Winnipeg River (approx. 5.2 kilometers away).
 
First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2022
3. First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker
First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2022
4. First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker
First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 18, 2022
5. First Airmail Flight in Manitoba Marker
The adjacent sculpture of a sea-plane
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2022, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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